Table tennis, the most understated of Olympic sports, has recently seen a dramatic, positive upturn in schools across the country. It is a fun and engaging way to get children active. A sport for everyone, welcoming to all levels, ages and backgrounds.

In schools that own a table, head teachers are reporting a wide range of positive results in their students. Evidence is also suggesting that discipline is improving and 9 out of 10 teachers agree that the sport has reduced anti-social behaviour.

First, pupils come in before the school day begins to play. In one school this has made the incidences of lateness a fraction of what they were previously. It also means pupils are using breakfast clubs and getting something healthy into their stomachs early in the day.

Teachers have noted that regular players are more alert in class and self-esteem has been boosted as pupils have found something they are good at. Improved communication is another plus where teachers are seeing difficult pupils in a positive light for the first time.

When asked, the children say that they like the simplicity of the sport because it can be played without having to change out of their school uniform.

Thousands of schools have now introduced table tennis as an everyday, fun way of keeping active and staying healthy.

Top 10 benefits of Table Tennis:

  1. Improves focus and concentration
  2. Improves hand-eye co-ordination
  3. Everyone can play, regardless or ability, gender or disability
  4. Quick set-up time and space-efficient storage
  5. Popular with both boys and girls
  6. Can be played indoors and outdoors
  7. The rules are simple
  8. It’s an affordable addition to the PE curriculum
  9. Reduces anti-social behaviour in pupils
  10. A fun way to get pupils active!

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